The purpose of this paper is to extend the literature on market-driven and market-driving management and analyzes the Benetton’s market orientation change from a market-driving to a market-driven orientation. Additionally, this study uses longitudinal data to measure the degree of success of the market-driven orientation.
The study is based on a qualitative case study method and it discusses how Benetton has moved from a market-driving to a market-driven orientation.
The paper analyzes the principal transformations the Benetton Group has gone through to implement a market-driven orientation, including the delocalization of the manufacturing and of trusted suppliers; the downstream integration process; the adoption of a flexible, efficient and responsive logistics; the implementation of a modern information systems infrastructure. Revenues data show that the company has benefited of the new orientation, but only in the short-run. Moreover, the early adoption of the market-driven orientation by competing firms (e.g. Zara) and the economic environment seem to play an influence on the performance of market-driven companies.
The single case study approach may limit the generalizability of the findings. However, this case study is unique and of high importance for managers in different industries.
Although some studies have discussed the benefits of market-driven and market-driving orientations, no study has analysed how companies move from a market-driving to a market-driven orientation. Additionally, existing studies have proved market orientation’s influence on business performance using static measures. This study uses longitudinal data to show the effect of market-driven orientation on a company’s long-term competitive advantage.
I would like to thank Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton and prof. Fraser McLeay for their comments on the paper.
Filieri, R. (2015), "From market-driving to market-driven: An analysis of Benetton’s strategy change and its implications for long-term performance", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 238-257. https://doi.org/10.1108/MIP-02-2014-0037Download as .RIS
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